From the Classroom: A Tribute to the Unforgettable, Natalie Cole


Life is laden with the unforgettable. Unforgettable people who shaped our lives, through thick and thin and through passion and love as well as pain and sorrow. Unforgettable events where no matter what the outcome, we grow from them and learn about the lessons of life.  In the case of this exercise, looking at the song “Unforgettable,” one should take the time and listen to the song, pay attention to the lyrics and ask themselves the following questions:

  1. What was the most unforgettable moment in your life that you dealt with? What happened, when did it happen, and what was the result? And lastly, what lesson did you learn from it? It can stem from a love affair, to saving someone’s life, to averting a disaster- whatever comes to mind that helped shape your life?
  2. Who was (or maybe is) your unforgettable person(s) in your life? Who was/were the person(s) and why was that person special? What did you learn from the person?
  3. What was the singer’s theme in the song Unforgettable and why did she choose it?
  4. Was it an unforgettable person or event? Why?

Have a look at the video or listen to the clip before answering the questions:

The song was originally produced by Nat King Cole in 1951, and reproduced by her daughter Natalie Cole in 1991 as a tribute to her father, who died suddenly in 1965 when she was 15. His music and his passing inspired her to launch a career of her own as a singer. And while she had some Top 10 hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Pink Cadillac and Starting Over Again, the duet with her father as a tribute to the blues great was perhaps the crown of all songs she had produced in her career.  Unfortunately, Natalie Cole died on New Year’s Eve 2015 at the age of 65 due to health problems. To honor her career, the Files is dedicating this song and this English exercise for people wishing to learn more about blues music and the father-daughter team that surely left a mark in the music world. Many thanks for your many wonderful years of work. You will be missed but you will remain unforgettable in the eyes of many.


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